The Problem Of Water Privatization

1799 WordsDec 10, 20148 Pages
Water privatization, the sale and transportation of water supplies to private companies, is becoming more commonly used and is affecting several populations in negative ways. Jeneen Interlandi, an author of World Watch Magazine, claims that private companies will not be able to manage water supplies in an efficient manner and should sale and management of the world 's water supplies to state and local governments (Interlandi). I believe that water privatization should indeed be put to an end because it is causing water prices to up and become less affordable, completely cutting off water access to several communities, and brings contamination and diseases to villages and the environment. Poor and developing countries often turn to…show more content…
Bolivian citizens revolted into a violent protest that ended the water contract. Similar situations are still happening around the world today. The construction that goes into digging and reaching fresh water supplies is expensive, so China has become open to foreign investments and has raised water rates to more than the public can afford to pay for, despite water being a necessity (Interladi). If not protesting, citizens simply skip buying water or cut down on how much of it they buy immensely because they cannot afford the high rates (Runyan). My point is that charging consumers more than they can afford for a necessity does not guarantee profit. Private companies and investors assume the consumers have to buy a necessity like water, so they immorally take advantage and force some families to choose between water and other necessities. After paying more than they can for so long, consumers will simply stop buying and many will even revolt. So far, private companies ' main targets have been developing and poor countries since they could use the financial support to gain funds and improve their infrastructures and communities. According to Erica Gies, "Developing countries are often pushed into water privatization deals against their will because they need loans from international development agencies." (Gies). Countries with already developed infrastructures like the United
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